FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2009

聽The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) will collaborate with the Committee of Ten Thousand (COTT) by offering a total of 33 travel scholarships for members of the Blood Brotherhood Program to attend COTT’s twentieth anniversary celebration and survivors’ reunion.聽 The celebration will be held at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC, October 2 & 3, 2009.

聽“The HFA is pleased to have been awarded $10,000 in support of travel scholarships to be awarded to Blood Brothers to attend the upcoming meeting.聽 We thank CSL Behring for its support of the bleeding disorders community today.聽 With these scholarships, we are able to provide many of our Blood Brothers of limited resources a way to come together to connect with other survivors.聽 It is our honor to work together to do what we can to enable individuals to connect,” states Kimberly Haugstad, HFA Executive Director.

聽COTT is a grassroots, peer-led, education advocacy and support organization for persons with HIV disease. Many of COTT’s constituents are individuals with hemophilia who contracted HIV/AIDS from tainted-blood products who also participate in the HFA Blood Brotherhood Program aimed at providing social support, health information and skills to improve the health of the adult males with hemophilia and von Willebrand.

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The Hemophilia Federation of America is a national 501(c)(3) organization consisting of 30 member organizations and numerous individual members who offer assistance and grassroots advocacy on behalf of the bleeding disorders community.聽聽 Incorporated in 1994, the HFA provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for persons with hemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD).

For more information, visit our website at or call 1-800-230-9797.

HFA Contact:聽 Susan Swindle, Development Director Phone: 713-203-8540 Email:

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